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New habits

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Since I've been feeling frustrated over being within 2 lbs of goal for about 2 weeks and not being able to bust through this plateau I decided to take a moment to focus on some really big new habits/changes I have made to my lifestyle over the past couple of months.

1. I no longer drink soda or gatorade. Unless it's an electrolyte passed to me in a small paper cup at mile 8 - I just drink water. And I've only had beer one night in the past 3 weeks (UFC fight night - and it was only 2 beers that I fit into my daily calories). I feel very much in control on the AF front.

2. I no longer eat fast food. I literally can't remember the last night I went through a drive-through for McDonalds, Taco Bell, Arby's, Wendy's - I just don't go anymore.

3. I only drink 1 cup of coffee a day (sometimes 2 on weekends). I used to drink around 3-4 cups a day - all with creamer.

4. Except for Luna Bars and Puffins cereal - I don't really eat packaged foods. No more frozen meals for lunch at work for me! I either bring a salad, sandwich or go to Trader Joe's and get a salad.

5. My morning runs are up to 6.2 miles. They are not every day - but at LEAST every other day. It's been a long time since I took 2 days off - and I don't plan to any time soon. I just surpassed my goal of 100 miles for September this morning!

6. My rock climbing is improving more than ever - I climbed a 5.10 on Tuesday!!!

7. My commute is about 35-40 minutes each way to work. I have a 20oz bottle of water and I always drink a full one during each commute - if I arrive at work or at home and realize I haven't finished it - I chug it before I get out of my car.

8. I make myself breakfast every morning - 1 egg, 2 slices of bacon and fruit (this morning it was 1/2 a white peach!)

9. I log my calories every day. Every calorie. Every day.

10. I eat a greek yogurt every day - they are yummy, they are healthy. As a snack, as a dessert, they help keep you regular and from what I read on the internet (so it must be true) make your tummy flat.

And this is my proposal for a new habit - weighing myself once a week instead of every day. I'm close enough to goal and I need to not be stressing about 2 lbs so much when I have so many other things to be happy about. This blog is my official statement that I will not weigh myself again until NEXT Thursday 10/3. I can do this.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JBAILEY1122 9/27/2013 9:57AM

    Well, I didn't weigh myself this morning! I also bought a book on Kindle last night called "Racing Weight" which focuses more on optimal performance weight (poundage, yes, but also composition - i.e. body fat %). I'm only a couple of chapters in, but enough to see that I need to be eating more or I won't be able to perform well as I'm training for my half marathon, even if that means putting off getting to my goal until after the race (or possibly still getting there - but at a slow pace) - so I'm going to feel free to eat at the top of my calories range as I read on... 1st chapter focused on diet QUALITY - which as listed above in my new habits, I'm getting pretty good at.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/27/2013 7:26AM

    You are so active! Great job! Hang in there and you will see those pounds go...

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IAMBIZI 9/26/2013 10:43PM

    your list of new habits is amazing!!!!!
You are my hero today....WOW!
good for you!

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CAROL_31649731 9/26/2013 10:41PM

    Wow . . .this is a wonderful list of healthy habits/changes that you have made. You've been very diligent and it has paid off for you! Congratulations!! And I like you proposal for a new habit--leave that scale alone. You're doing fine without it! emoticon

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